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Water weakening and the compressive brittle strength of carbonates: Influence of fracture toughness and static friction

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Water is ubiquitous within the pore space of rocks and has been shown to affect their physical and mechanical behaviour. Indeed, water can act on the rock strength via mechanical (i.e., reducing the effective stresses) or chemical effects (e.g., mineral dissolution, mineral alteration, subcritical crack growth, etc.). As rock macroscopic strength is controlled by both fracture toughness and friction at the grain-scale, these parameters should also be affected in presence of water. While some recent studies have measured the effect of water on both fracture toughness and frictional parameters to constrain the water weakening of porous rock compressive strength, the physical parameters, or rock characteristics, that influence this weakening are as of yet unclear. Here, we report a series of laboratory experiments in order to determine the influence of a water-saturated, as opposed to dry, environment on five limestones’ strengths. The uniaxial compressive strength, the mode-I fracture toughness and the static friction parameters are of interest. The experiments show that, for the tested limestones, water-saturated conditions provoke a reduction of the uniaxial compressive strength by up to 53 %. This reduction is accompanied by a reduction of the mode-I fracture toughness by up to 34 % and of the static friction by up to 16 %. Even though the water weakening of the uniaxial compressive strength is not influenced by the sample porosity, the mode-I fracture toughness reduction in the presence of water is accentuated for high-porosity limestones. Additionally, low porosity limestones appear to promote higher static friction reductions in water-saturated environments.
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hal-04555775 , version 1 (05-05-2024)

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Corentin Noël, Barnaby Fryer, Patrick Baud, Marie Violay. Water weakening and the compressive brittle strength of carbonates: Influence of fracture toughness and static friction. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2024, 177, pp.105736. ⟨10.1016/j.ijrmms.2024.105736⟩. ⟨hal-04555775⟩
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